6 Replies to “The latest challenge to the status quo–or not”

  1. Saw that — and wondered how this would be received by my colleagues on this campus.

    This revolution is more than a decade in the making and well known to those following the pathways of the disruptive technologies. Higher education is being turned upside down. What is stunning is how little attention is paid to this on this campus. Indifference or ignorance? Either way, the answer is not comforting.

    As we basically go about our “business as usual” routines, ask yourself: If you found yourself in any one of those disaster movies, which of the basic character types would you be?
    [a] One of those who sees, seeks to understand and has a bias to act;
    [b] One of those who sees at a glance but can’t or won’t look long enough to comprehend;
    [c] One of the laggards — who deny, despite all evidence, until the inevitable happens (never good);
    [d] One of those who go about their daily lives unaware and basically clueless — until the events begin to unfold, and panic ensues, reactions overcome reason, and… the end arrives.
    [e] It is never ever “All of the above” for any one individual…

    Seems to me that this largely reflects the power of habit and peace of equilibrium — until the equilibrium is shaken. Seems to me this tie into whether one believes there is a world where the external locus of control switch is always locked to the on position. Or not.

  2. Wow–if this is the future of higher ed., we’re in a lot of trouble. I can’t wait until WSU purchases a series of lectures in my field from a “big name” professor at Harvard or Stanford and than “lets me concentrate on interacting with students face to face” (in other words, explaining what the “big name” is trying to say, and grading all their essays, with no intellectual input from me whatsoever). And how very cost effective; really, the entire world will only need one professor in every discipline, and even that person can be dispensed with once their lectures are recorded… A brave new world indeed.

    1. Even if the comment is intended only to be sarcastic, I wondering how terribly different this is from the use of textbooks or monographs written by “big name” professor at Hartford or Stanford.

  3. I’ll use this article as a source when faculty members ask me whether the Internet will make libraries redundant. I’ll turn the question around to remind them that some people think that the Internet will do the same for faculty. Is there really much difference between a course in a large lecture hall to 300 students and one over the Internet to 100,000? The issue then becomes the competencies of the facilitators who meet with the students in smaller sections, either physical or online, to deal with questions, to promote discussions, and to handle evaluation.

    1. I like the plan, Bob. And point well taken — at ground level, our collective and individual impact must still take place. I think the approach, the questions, the discussions and evaluation paradigm will need to flow with these currents.

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